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9th ASEF Editors' Roundtable (ASEFERT9)

Exploring the Battlefronts of 'Fake News': A Tripartite Approach to the Fight Against Misinformation

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15-16 October 2018 Gaffar ABDUL Communications Department ASEF Editors' Roundtable Media



Venue:
Brussels, Belgium

Misinformation is an age-old concept that has been around for as long as news itself. Having assumed various forms over the course of history - from propaganda campaigns to spin doctoring - it has once again been cast into the international spotlight, brandishing a new title: 'fake news'.

Held in conjunction with the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12), the 9th ASEF Editors' Roundtable (ASEFERT9) is the 2018 edition of a 2-day biennial forum aimed at promoting dialogue, strengthening ties and cross-continental cooperation between 20-30 news editors from across Asia and Europe.

In recognising the complexities of the issue and the necessity of a comprehensive multi-stakeholder approach, ASEFERT9 will include representatives from news media, policy making, tech companies and civil society to create a robust discussion and provide for diversity of opinion.

The intended outcome of the 2-day forum is a detailed report on how 'fake news' is being fought from a tri-sectorial approach in individual countries across Asia and Europe. Through the resulting discussions, a series of country reports as well as an agreement on key principles to further action will be compiled and published for online distribution and submitted to the ASEM governments.

See:   Programme      Agenda      Moderators      Participants      Venue  

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Social Media has disrupted industries all over the world, from communications down to operations. The Media Industry is one of the most affected by this technological upheaval. Is the role of the gatekeeper gone? How are media companies in Asia and Europe coping with the change in news consumption? What is being done by tech companies and news organisations to ensure the accurate and responsible distribution of information? Find out more from our cross-continental panel of experts.

  Speakers  

Moderator: Dr Fraser CAMERON | Director, EU-Asia Centre

Opening Address by Mr Christophe LECLERQ | Founder, EURACTIV

Ms Shaili CHOPRA | Founder, SheThePeople.TV

Mr Cod SATRUSAYANG | Managing Editor, Asia News Network

Ms Juliane VON REPPERT-BISMARCK | Founder & Director, Lie Detectors

  Registration  

This event is open to public. Register here.

Partners 1
eu-asiacentre.eu | pressclub.be | euractiv.com

ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

  • by Gaffar ABDUL

    This opinion piece first appeared on BlogActiv.eu, the guest blog of EURACTIV.

     

    'Fake news', 'misinformation', 'online falsehoods' – call it what you may, but let us not be mistaken – this is not a recent phenomenon. Neither is it truly a new problem, though arguably it has gained new relevance in today's information society, largely due to the rise of social media.

    Indeed, fake news has existed in one form or another since antiquity. Propaganda campaigns, 'spinning' and hoaxes can all be considered forms of disinformation, even if its exact definition is debatable. The ambiguity surrounding the term 'fake news' is the first obstacle to what makes it so hard to tackle.

    The term means different things to different people. For example, a politically polarised society can create segments of population that adhere to such differing realities that the word 'fake' itself can end up being subjective.

    In 2016, the phrase 'fake news' was mainly used to describe a social media phenomenon. Since then, it has rapidly evolved into a journalistic cliché, a political slur and, in some places, deemed a matter of national security.

    That is why the Asia-Europe Foundation prefers to enclose the term 'fake news' between inverted commas. Before a commonly agreed definition is settled upon, it is more prudent to declare that our understanding of the term is limited.

    This limited understanding, however, can be expanded upon through exposure to a diversity of perspectives. In recognising the complexities of the issue, it is thus necessary to encourage a comprehensive multi-stakeholder approach, featuring, for example, voices from news media, policy making, media technology companies and civil society to create a robust discussion.

    Many governments have enacted legislation to tackle 'fake news', while news organisations have been scrambling to establish fact-checking desks and self-regulate – all in an effort to stay credible and independent. Indeed, BBC chief Tony Hall recently warned that the misuse of the term fake news "threatens to damage confidence in journalism".

    Civil society too has jumped in with efforts to promote news literacy on all levels, as is the case with Lie Detectors' classroom sessions, which promote critical thinking. Media technology companies are turning to tech-based solutions such as AI, while adopting new codes of conduct to counter election meddling.

    Given the array of different measures and the depth to which 'fake news' affects society on all levels, it is clear that any serious effort to tackle the issue must be a coordinated one, incorporating perspectives from the different pillars of society.

    This is a principle that underlines the theme of Asia-Europe Foundation's 9th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, as we seek to bring together news editors, policy makers and media technology companies from across Asia and Europe to share experiences on the topic and exchange ideas on how it is being tackled.

    Furthermore, the issue of fake news has seen worldwide prominence in recent years due to its cross-national implications. With the global press and rampant social media all contributing to a constant barrage of information in today's world, fake news can no longer be treated as a national issue or tackled as such.

    International conferences and multilateral fora are therefore prime opportunities for the exchange of ideas. The Brazil-EU International Seminar on Fake News: Experiences and Challenges is a notable example of such an international approach to the dialogue on fake news.

    Indeed, the final report of the EU's High-Level Expert Group on Fake News advocates for cross-border research into the scale and impact of disinformation. The report, entitled "A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Disinformation", also calls for a collaborative effort that involves all relevant stakeholders.

    Through case studies and in-depth examples on the various manifestations of 'fake news' and the variety of approaches that are being adopted, our understanding of the topic can be enhanced, and our approaches strengthened. As a global issue, 'fake news' deserves a global approach.

  • Programme

    Published on 20 Sep 2018

    Monday 15 October 2018

    11:00

    Registration
    Press Club Brussels | Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels

    11:30

    Welcome Remarks
    by Mr Laurent BRIHAY
    Executive Director, Press Club Brussels

    Opening Remarks
    by Mr Ambassador Karsten WARNECKE
    Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

    11:40

    Keynote Address: Europe & 'Fake News'
    by European VIP (tbc)

    12:00

    Lunch Reception

    13:00

    Session 1: Introduction

    13:30

    Session 2: The Scourge of 'Fake News'

    15:30

    Networking Coffee Break

    16:00

    Session 3: The Political Economy of 'Fake News'

    18:00

    End of Day 1

    19:00

    Dinner
    L'OBJECTIF RESTAURANT | Hotel NH Brussels EU Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne - Karel de Grotelaan, 11-19, 1000 Brussels

    Tuesday 16 October 2018

    09:00

    Keynote Address: ASEAN & 'Fake News' - The Challenges Posed by Deliberate Online Falsehoods from the Perspective of a Modern City State
    by Mr Charles CHONG
    Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Singapore

    09:15

    Session 4: Examining Current Approaches to 'Fake News'

    10:45

    Networking Coffee Break

    11:15

    Session 5: Formulating Solutions

    12:45

    Presentation of the ASEM Connectivity Monitor

    13:00

    Lunch Reception

    14:00

    Public Event: Maintaining Truth & Trust in Media in the Digital Age

    16:00

    End of Event

  • Agenda

    Published on 16 Sep 2018

    Session 1: Introduction

    What is 'fake news' exactly? Is it a recent phenomenon or an age-old quandary? Our moderator Dr Fraser Cameron introduces the topic and initiates proceedings for the 2-day roundtable.

    Session 2: The Scourge of 'Fake News'
    Moderator: Dr Fraser CAMERON

    How has 'fake news' affected the fabric of our societies, and why is it so relevant today? Is 'fake news' a social, technological or political issue? We examine the multiple facets of 'fake news' and disinformation.

    Session 3: The Political Economy of 'Fake News'
    Moderator: Ms Victoria MAIN

    What are the power relations that constitute the communication of 'fake news' through social and mass media? How and by whom are they exercised? Our editors discuss examples across Asia and Europe.

    Session 4: Examining Current Approaches to 'Fake News'
    Moderator: Dr Fraser CAMERON

    From new legislation to technology companies' initiatives and beyond, we examine the various approaches being taken in Asia and Europe.

    Session 5: Formulating Solutions
    led by Mr Christophe LECLERQ
    Founder, EURACTIV

    with wrap-up by Dr Fraser CAMERON and Ms Victoria MAIN

    The roundtable concludes with a joint recommendation.

  • Moderators

    Published on 15 Sep 2018

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    Dr Fraser CAMERON
    Director, EU-Asia Centre

    Fraser Cameron is Director of the EU-Asia Centre in Brussels, a think tank seeking to promote closer relations between the EU and Asia. He is a former European Commission advisor and well-known policy analyst and commentator on EU and international affairs.

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    Ms Victoria MAIN
    CEO, Cambre Associates

    Victoria Main is CEO at Cambre Associates, an advocacy and communications consultancy in Brussels. Victoria began her career as a journalist, most recently with Reuters in London, but also in Brussels, Hong Kong, Milan, Paris and Wellington. She holds French and New Zealand nationality. She is a policy communications expert with an international mindset and a far-reaching network  in Brussels and beyond. Brussels is a policy town, so it’s unusual for someone with a journalism and communications background to head a consultancy.

  • Participants

    Published on 14 Sep 2018

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    Mr Charles CHONG
    Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Singapore

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    Mr Giles PORTMAN
    Head of East Stratcom Task Force, EEAS (EU)

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    Mr Astik SINHA
    Head of Policy and Special Projects, Office of the Chairman, Indian Parliamentary IT Committee

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    Mr Paolo CESARINI
    Head of Unit Media Convergence and Social Media, DG CONNECT (EU)

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    Mr Zaffar ABBAS
    Editor, DAWN Media Group (Pakistan)

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    Ms Juliane VON REPPERT-BISMARCK
    Founder & Director, Lie Detectors

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    Mr Cod SATRUSAYANG
    Managing Editor, Asia News Network

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    Mr Iain MARTIN
    Asia Editor, Storyful

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    Ms Jacque MANABAT
    Senior Multimedia Journalist, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation (Philippines)

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    Mr Jochen SPANGENBERG
    Innovation Manager, Deutsche Welle

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    Ms Shaili CHOPRA
    Founder, SheThePeople.TV (India)

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    Mr Christophe LECLERCQ
    Founder, EURACTIV

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    Mr Martin VENGADESAN
    News Editor, The Star Media Group (Malaysia)

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    Mr David DIEUDONNÉ
    Head of News Lab, Google

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    Mr Zakir HUSSAIN
    Foreign Editor, The Straits Times (Singapore)

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    Ms Raegan MacDONALD
    Head of EU Public Policy, Mozilla Foundation

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    Ms Mariya BALYABINA
    Political Analyst, Sputnik Radio (Russian Federation)

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    Mr Aidan White
    Founder & President, Ethical Journalism Network

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    Ms Van TRAN
    Deputy Head of Social/Political Desk, Viet Nam News

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    Dr Marius TIțA
    Editor-in-Chief, Radio Romania International

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    Mr LI Yang
    Opinion Department Editor, China Daily

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    Mr Eric WISHART
    Head of Special Projects, AFP

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    Ms Assel SATUBALDINA
    Senior Reporter, The Astana Times (Kazakhstan)

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    Mr Joachim CIECIERSKI
    Journalist, Polish Radio

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    Ms Micky JONGYOTYING
    Senior International News Editor, Spring News TV (Thailand)

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    Ms Giselle NATH
    Foreign Reporter, De Standaard (Belgium)

     

     

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    Ms Renate SCHROEDER
    Director, European Federation of Journalists

     

     

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    Mr Antonio SCALA
    Editor, Primapress (Italy)

  • Venue

    Published on 13 Sep 2018

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    Press Club Brussels Europe
    Rue Froissart 95
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium

  • ASEFERT9 Public Event Spotlight V2 - Copy

    Social Media has disrupted industries all over the world, from communications down to operations. The Media Industry is one of the most affected by this technological upheaval. Is the role of the gatekeeper gone? How are media companies in Asia and Europe coping with the change in news consumption? What is being done by tech companies and news organisations to ensure the accurate and responsible distribution of information? Find out more from our cross-continental panel of experts.

     Speakers 

    Moderator: Dr Fraser CAMERON | Director, EU-Asia Centre

    Opening Address by Mr Christophe LECLERQ | Founder, EURACTIV

    Ms Shaili CHOPRA | Founder, SheThePeople.TV

    Mr Cod SATRUSAYANG | Managing Editor, Asia News Network

    Ms Juliane VON REPPERT-BISMARCK | Founder & Director, Lie Detectors

     Registration 

    This event is open to public. Registration will open in early October.